For the first time in Bihar, West Champaran district is set to introduce parasailing and other adventure water sports at Amawaman Lake along the national highway following a successful trial on Sunday, officials said.
Speaking to HT on Monday, District Magistrate (DM) Kundan Kumar described the Oxbow Lake as a “gateway to West Champaran” extending over 400 acres along NH 727 near Madhopur and various adventurous water sports activities such as parasailing and motorboats. Kayaks, pedal boats and jet skis will be introduced soon.
“We are waiting for some other equipment and materials from the United States, New Zealand and Japan to arrive before the grand opening. In the meantime, parasailing experiments were held in Andaman on Sunday, a similar activity in Bihar. This imported modern boat arrived just this week, ”Kumar said.
Amavaman Lake, about 200 km from the state capital, Patna, is currently used to drown the idols of Goddess Saraswati and Durga.
West Champaran is a tourist destination and has several Buddhist and Gandhi landmarks along with the Valmiki Tiger Reserve (VTR).
“In an effort to increase traffic and provide accommodation for tourists, Amavamon has a variety of amenities, including changing rooms, ticket counters and midway relief facilities,” said DM Kumar, adding that the total project cost is around. ₹14 crores.